"I swear to you it was born out of purely creative
reasons," Heyman said during an interview in a converted airplane factory
outside London that has been home base to all of the "Potter" productions.
"Unlike every other book, you cannot remove elements of this book. You can
remove scenes of Ron playing quidditch from the fifth book, and you can remove
Hermione and S.P.E.W. [Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare] and those
subplots . . . but with the seventh, that can't be done."
Heyman said he approached Rowling with some trepidation
about the strategy but found that she signed off on its logic rather quickly. "I
went to Jo and she was cool with it," Heyman said, "and that was quite a
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